Evoke—Globally-Inspired Handcrafted Jewelry for the Free-Spirited South Asian Woman

Suhita Sengupta, the founder Evoke, was not always a jewelry designer. She actually started her career as an interior designer. Evoke is a globally inspired unique handcrafted statement jewelry for the free-spirited woman.

Enter to Win Brown Girl Magazine’s 2017 Holiday Gift Basket—Worth More Than $500

To celebrate our growth and success, we’ve put together an amazing holiday gift basket full of lots of goodies. Enter today!

Give your Kids the Bright Future they Deserve With College Savings

We grew up in Edison, New Jersey, so naturally, we were exposed to our culture, Bollywood, dancing, and singing very early on. However, no matter how much interest we had in those extracurricular activities, we were continuously pushed to focus attaining a higher degree.

For Two Months, Three Years Ago, But You Come Back: A Poem on Sexual Assault

That’s not how rape works, if he knew you didn’t want it, it’s rape, but I made excuses anyways and I still do because what else do I possibly do? Does anyone have the strength to fight back every single night?

Starting Over in Your Career Doesn’t Always Have it to be Bad Thing

Leaving a job is kind of like leaving a relationship. The relationship part I’ll leave for another article some other time. For this one, let’s talk career.

Recipe for Empowerment: Vicente Ferrer Foundation Connects Cultures Using Food

October 11, 2017 fully marked the one year anniversary for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation helping to empower rural cities and communities in India. The VFF USA continued their legacy of 48 years by offering more solutions to improve education, women’s development, organizational capacities and funds.

5 Winter Lipstick Colors you Have to Rock This Holiday Season

A little change in your winter lipstick colors always goes a long way, and we show you how!

How One Woman Turned Her Love for Regal Indian Jewelry Into an Award-Winning Business

Mona Bangalore, a jewelry designer and the owner of Mi Amor Jewelry, takes great pride in her growing line of Indian-Western jewelry that goes well beyond the traditional expectations of kundan nestled in gold plates.

Warm up With a Cup of Chai and This Besan ke Ladoo Recipe

These besan ke ladoo will instantly take you down memory lane because they’re just like Dadima used to make them.

Confronting Domestic Violence Within my Indo-Caribbean Family

Lisa Ramadhar remembers the first time she met her mother, but little did she know that on that landmark day it would lead to a truth bubbling below the surface of domestic violence, immigration and how to pair her parents, the abuser and the abused, with herself.

3 Unexpected Resolutions you Should Make This New Year

Girls, the holiday season is almost upon us again, and with the…

The History and Symbolism of Ghoomar

Outside of its Bollywood dressings, ghoomar is a traditional Rajasthani folk dance representing feminine energy and devotion to the Goddess Saraswati.

Diary of a Pole Dancer: 8 Weeks of Bruises and Badassery

My instructors told me that there were always days like this. Days where you couldn’t hit every move, where things got difficult, but to power through it and keep going is the best way to continue.

Her Global Initiative Empowers Women to Gain Self-Sufficiency

Raised in poverty and facing various obstacles from a young age, Christine Savino was personally motivated to found Her Global Initiative, a nonprofit to help women in need.

The Day I met the Wild Woman Within me, I Decided That I’m Never Letting her go

My Wild Woman showed herself when I was backpacking throughout Southeast Asia after graduation. She showed herself again in the mountains of Vietnam as I journeyed through the wilderness on a motorbike and then again as I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Remembering an Icon: These are 15 Best Shashi Kapoor Songs of all Time

We pay tribute to a Bollywood legend, the late Shashi Kapoor, and his greatest songs onscreen. A true icon in every sense of the word.

Urban Desi Artist Mickey Singh Takes the Stage in New York City to Benefit Youth in India

Indian-American singer Mickey Singh will be performing at the American India Foundation New York Young Professionals chapter benefit concert on Thursday, December 7.

The ‘Padmavati’ Debacle: Bollywood Progressivism Against Protests is Too Little Too Late

Things have gotten quite ugly for the upcoming Bollywood blockbuster “Padmavati.” Its Dec. 1 release date has been delayed with no new date confirmed as of yet.

Brown Boy of the Month Anand Kuchibotla is Carving his Spot in Hip-Hop

Music is everywhere in India; there, it’s the very essence of life. The hustle of the city might sound like noise, but there’s beauty in the chaos.

Brown Girl of the Month Kiran Rai AKA KayRay Pushes Boundaries Through Digital Storytelling

My name is Kiran (the ray of light) Rai—which often also gets confused with the pronunciation as Ray. My father named me after my parents went to the gurudwara for the Naam Karan ceremony (Sikh ceremony of naming a child) and the letter ‘Kakka’ came up.

Solo Show ‘Undercover Indian’ Explores the Trauma of Reverse Culture Shock

“Undercover Indian” is a new solo show that delicately explores the trauma of reverse culture shock from the first generation Candian perspective.

Top 10 Things Brown Moms of Infants Don’t Need

There are some things brown moms need like all mothers, but here is a list of top 10 things brown moms of infants don’t need!

Warm up With a Cup of Chai and This Besan ke Ladoo Recipe

These besan ke ladoo will instantly take you down memory lane because they’re just like Dadima used to make them.

Confronting Domestic Violence Within my Indo-Caribbean Family

Lisa Ramadhar remembers the first time she met her mother, but little did she know that on that landmark day it would lead to a truth bubbling below the surface of domestic violence, immigration and how to pair her parents, the abuser and the abused, with herself.

The History and Symbolism of Ghoomar

Outside of its Bollywood dressings, ghoomar is a traditional Rajasthani folk dance representing feminine energy and devotion to the Goddess Saraswati.

Solo Show ‘Undercover Indian’ Explores the Trauma of Reverse Culture Shock

“Undercover Indian” is a new solo show that delicately explores the trauma of reverse culture shock from the first generation Candian perspective.

Here’s a South Asian Inspired Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that will Wow Your Guests

Looking to add some mirch masala to your dishes this holiday season? Try this South Asian inspired Thanksgiving dinner menu with your guests. We promise it’ll be a hit!

Growing Up Indian-American—What That Means to me now That I am Older

The idea that being an Indian-American can be confusing is quite the understatement.

Celebrating Diwali with Dignity—The Desai Way

Since its inception in 1997, the Desai Foundation has continuously strived to fulfill its mission – to empower women and children to dream beyond their circumstances and live a better life.

RajasthaNY(C): An Ode to the Gypsy Queen That Lives Within

The series RajasthaNY(C) encapsulates the beauty of Rajasthani tradition fused with the enchantment of New York City.

6 South Asian Brides you Aspire to Look Like on Your Wedding Day

Getting married is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life—a day that most young girls dream about. What may come second to finding the right guy is finding the perfect bridal outfit.

AWIB’s Diwali at the MET Showcased the Harmonious Connection Between Art and Religion

The AWIB Diwali Celebration of Diwali showed the true connection between art and religion, which all integral when celebrating the beauty and light that is Diwali.

Her Global Initiative Empowers Women to Gain Self-Sufficiency

Raised in poverty and facing various obstacles from a young age, Christine Savino was personally motivated to found Her Global Initiative, a nonprofit to help women in need.

Brown Boy of the Month Anand Kuchibotla is Carving his Spot in Hip-Hop

Music is everywhere in India; there, it’s the very essence of life. The hustle of the city might sound like noise, but there’s beauty in the chaos.

Brown Girl of the Month Kiran Rai AKA KayRay Pushes Boundaries Through Digital Storytelling

My name is Kiran (the ray of light) Rai—which often also gets confused with the pronunciation as Ray. My father named me after my parents went to the gurudwara for the Naam Karan ceremony (Sikh ceremony of naming a child) and the letter ‘Kakka’ came up.

#GirlsBelongHere: What it Feels Like to Live Your Dream Job for One Day

“I learned first-hand from a strong and inspiring woman that is breaking the glass ceiling with every step she takes. Having my dream job for the day made it no longer feel like a dream, but rather an attainable and perfectly achievable goal.”

Roy Moore: ‘As a Rape Victim, I am Furious You’ve Made it this Far and Wonder When the Cycle Will Stop’

When will men who don’t deserve to represent this country be rightfully thrown to the bottom where they belong? How can you blatantly stand in front of people and deny what you know you did?

This is How Rabia Nasimi Escaped the Taliban Regime to Pursue her Studies at Cambridge University

Rabia Nasimi’s journey from Afghanistan in the back of a lorry to Cambridge University gives many women the hope of integrating successfully into British society.

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Diksha Gautham

“The weight room is so intimidating for women and it’s labeled as a “bro section.” A lot of women don’t know where to start and there is a high barrier for entry for a lot of women.”

Sisters, Neelofar and Alisha Keshavjee, Grow their Passion for Fashion into ‘The Kayes’

“We hadn’t seen many brown girls with a boutique that represents a laid back, causal, Texan style. We want to be able to reach these girls and also show them that you don’t have to be a certain image to wear the latest trends!”

Amit Patel Advocates for LGBTQ Communities Through Dance (That too in 6-Inch Stilettos)

I am a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and artist. I dance sometimes to depict reality, sometimes to escape it, but more often than not, I dance to show the beauty of human potential.

Brown Girl of the Month Shayna Mehta Breaks Barriers in Basketball at Brown University

Growing up, I was a proud gym rat, playing many of the organized ball sports available in my school and community. I started playing basketball with my dad when I was seven years old and then progressed to playing for local girl’s and boy’s teams.

5 Winter Lipstick Colors you Have to Rock This Holiday Season

A little change in your winter lipstick colors always goes a long way, and we show you how!

Evoke—Globally-Inspired Handcrafted Jewelry for the Free-Spirited South Asian Woman

Suhita Sengupta, the founder Evoke, was not always a jewelry designer. She actually started her career as an interior designer. Evoke is a globally inspired unique handcrafted statement jewelry for the free-spirited woman.

How One Woman Turned Her Love for Regal Indian Jewelry Into an Award-Winning Business

Mona Bangalore, a jewelry designer and the owner of Mi Amor Jewelry, takes great pride in her growing line of Indian-Western jewelry that goes well beyond the traditional expectations of kundan nestled in gold plates.

Christmas Comes Early with Rihanna’s Newest Bold and Colorful Fenty Beauty Collection

Rihanna’s newest Fenty Beauty products are an assortment of cosmetics that introduce bright and bold colour — perfect for the festive season!

RajasthaNY(C): An Ode to the Gypsy Queen That Lives Within

The series RajasthaNY(C) encapsulates the beauty of Rajasthani tradition fused with the enchantment of New York City.

6 South Asian Brides you Aspire to Look Like on Your Wedding Day

Getting married is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life—a day that most young girls dream about. What may come second to finding the right guy is finding the perfect bridal outfit.

The Brown List: Staff Picks for November 2017

Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving recipes, a new nail polish, or ways to improve yourself, The Brown List has got you covered!

Sisters, Neelofar and Alisha Keshavjee, Grow their Passion for Fashion into ‘The Kayes’

“We hadn’t seen many brown girls with a boutique that represents a laid back, causal, Texan style. We want to be able to reach these girls and also show them that you don’t have to be a certain image to wear the latest trends!”

Designer Ayush Kejriwal Breaks Barriers with Desi Fashion

With his recent successes and controversies in mind, Ayush Kerjiwal reflects on what it means to stay true to oneself, the importance of self-love and standing up for one’s beliefs.

Brown Girl’s Myth Busters: The Desi Dressing Edition

First up, we have the button down blouse as a saree blouse alternative trend. That is a mouthful, but how does one cleverly name it?

Remembering an Icon: These are 15 Best Shashi Kapoor Songs of all Time

We pay tribute to a Bollywood legend, the late Shashi Kapoor, and his greatest songs onscreen. A true icon in every sense of the word.

Urban Desi Artist Mickey Singh Takes the Stage in New York City to Benefit Youth in India

Indian-American singer Mickey Singh will be performing at the American India Foundation New York Young Professionals chapter benefit concert on Thursday, December 7.

The ‘Padmavati’ Debacle: Bollywood Progressivism Against Protests is Too Little Too Late

Things have gotten quite ugly for the upcoming Bollywood blockbuster “Padmavati.” Its Dec. 1 release date has been delayed with no new date confirmed as of yet.

Hari Kondabolu Highlights Lack of South Asian Representation with ‘The Problem With Apu’

by Jisha Japagnanam – Follow @browngirlmag I vividly remember being 10 years old, excited to…

Daddies of Bollywood: These South Asian Actors Are Aging Like Fine Wine

by Jessie Brar – Follow @jessieebrar Sure, all these new guys entering Bollywood are hot,…

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ Gets Delayed Amidst Protests & Death Threats

Controversy and increasing protests have delayed the release of Bollywood film “Padmavati,” a film based on a poem about the Rajput queen of the same name, and a Muslim ruler written by 16th century Sufi poet, Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

Mindy Kaling & ‘The Mindy Project’: Fostering South Asian Representation From Pilot To Series Finale

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  “The Mindy Project” became the first American TV show…

‘Code-Switched’: A Long Overdue Series for Young South Asians

Growing up, my favorite TV show on American television was the one with all the brown people as the leads. You don’t know that show? Oh, that’s right it only existed in my imagination.

Looking Back at ‘The Mindy Project’: A Flawed, Yet Sweet TV Romance

by BG Staff – Follow @browngirlmag When “The Mindy Project” premiered in 2012, it signaled…

Chicago’s Dance Troupe Tells the Universal Story of Women in Debut Showcase

These were no ordinary women—for starters, each has at least 20 years of continuous dance experience, and all trained in Bharatanatyam in addition to newer styles they picked up.

For Two Months, Three Years Ago, But You Come Back: A Poem on Sexual Assault

That’s not how rape works, if he knew you didn’t want it, it’s rape, but I made excuses anyways and I still do because what else do I possibly do? Does anyone have the strength to fight back every single night?

Starting Over in Your Career Doesn’t Always Have it to be Bad Thing

Leaving a job is kind of like leaving a relationship. The relationship part I’ll leave for another article some other time. For this one, let’s talk career.

3 Unexpected Resolutions you Should Make This New Year

Girls, the holiday season is almost upon us again, and with the…

Diary of a Pole Dancer: 8 Weeks of Bruises and Badassery

My instructors told me that there were always days like this. Days where you couldn’t hit every move, where things got difficult, but to power through it and keep going is the best way to continue.

My Battle With Imposter Syndrome is Real and Holds me Back

by Sriya Reddy – Follow @browngirlmag I am extraordinarily average. Nothing special. No incredible talents. No…

Victim-Blaming Doesn’t Work: If You Want to Help, Listen to Victims First

Think of the last time you blamed someone. Did it make the victim’s problems go away? Did the victim thank you for being such an inspirational person in their life? Did the victim increase their respect for you? Probably not.

‘Unsung Echoes’ Answers the Question: What Does it Mean to be a Woman?

The posts are simple – a paragraph or two (or more) of text along with a picture, all provided by the interviewee, answering the same question – “what does it mean to be a woman?”

#NotOvaryacting: 10 Quick and Easy Tips for the Best Health ‘Down There’

No one cares if your mother or aunt powdered her vagina with Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder every day for the past 30 years and is doing fine. This stuff is just bad for you in general. As mentioned before, your vagina is self-cleaning.

The Art of Contentment: Live as You, Forget Others, and Be Happy

I realized that the more I burden myself with the thoughts of others, I will forget that I have thoughts of my own. In an instant, I decided to let go. Let go of the expectations of my peers. Let go of the expectations of my family. Let go of the expectations of other people.

Don’t Overlook Your Oral Health: 5 Simple Tips for Improvement

In our South Asian culture, this aspect of health is just not given as much importance as the rest of the body. The mouth is a gateway to the body and infection there can spread to other parts of the body!

Recipe for Empowerment: Vicente Ferrer Foundation Connects Cultures Using Food

October 11, 2017 fully marked the one year anniversary for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation helping to empower rural cities and communities in India. The VFF USA continued their legacy of 48 years by offering more solutions to improve education, women’s development, organizational capacities and funds.

Confronting Domestic Violence Within my Indo-Caribbean Family

Lisa Ramadhar remembers the first time she met her mother, but little did she know that on that landmark day it would lead to a truth bubbling below the surface of domestic violence, immigration and how to pair her parents, the abuser and the abused, with herself.

The ‘Padmavati’ Debacle: Bollywood Progressivism Against Protests is Too Little Too Late

Things have gotten quite ugly for the upcoming Bollywood blockbuster “Padmavati.” Its Dec. 1 release date has been delayed with no new date confirmed as of yet.

Hari Kondabolu Highlights Lack of South Asian Representation with ‘The Problem With Apu’

by Jisha Japagnanam – Follow @browngirlmag I vividly remember being 10 years old, excited to…

Indo-Caribbeans and Slut Shaming: The Story of Sharon Seudat

In 2016, Sharon Seudat, 20, was bleeding profusely, after receiving emergency medical attention a doctor determined the blood was a result of childbirth.

Myths on the Ideal Brown Feminist

While many brown voices have been raised in the rejection of -isms and forms of power and oppression, one particular image of a brown feminist has been repeated throughout these dialogues.

American Olympian Inspires First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Doll

Olympic fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, became the model for Barbie’s first ever hijab-wearing doll.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ Gets Delayed Amidst Protests & Death Threats

Controversy and increasing protests have delayed the release of Bollywood film “Padmavati,” a film based on a poem about the Rajput queen of the same name, and a Muslim ruler written by 16th century Sufi poet, Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

Fries are Great, but I Want My Pani Puri

By Karthyani Satish – Follow @browngirlmag As the world globalizes and nations…

Vanity Fair’s Newest Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones is More Than the Woman who Wore Fox-Printed Tights

To be targeting and undermining an individual for their choice of attire rather than focusing on their knowledge and experience is a shame.